2013, Oil on canvas, 180 x 140 cm (WxH)
An oversized woman with a bra. The massive, very strong person would almost crush the viewer, but the painterly focus is on the underwear. Thus the picture gets a lightness. The figure becomes secondary; the view is drawn to the bra. The picture was created for the exhibition Unten ohne (2013). The actual theme Unten ohne is created only by the imagination of the observer. Then the figure appears to be more vulnerable, exposed. Depending on how the picture is looked at and what information is available, it gets a different focus.
About the artist
After her studies (2009) it was clear for her to continue working as an artist. She dared to take the step into self-employment in order to be able to pursue the art 100% further. She found her first studio and organized exhibitions and events there. To do something on her own and to present her works the way she imagines it is a great pleasure for her. The cooperation with fellow artists is also important to her and motivates her. In addition to painting, after a few years she became more and more interested in moving pictures. So she made a few drawn short films. But the focus is still on painting. She has participated in many projects and exhibitions in Vienna and Styria. Now she is in her third studio and is looking forward to further exciting projects.
Judith Reßler needs painting in her life. It is essential for the artist to create something new, to give a white canvas a meaning, to feel the colours and to continue to develop.
In the last years one recognizes a clear process in the paintings. She reduces colour and form. The canvas usually remains open and serves purely as a picture carrier and not as a boundary. Initial approaches can be found in her Water Series (2009), where body parts become blurred, distorted, and there are no clear boundaries.
Characteristic for the works of Judith Reßler is also the picking out of individual body parts. The results are paintings with oversized body regions, hands and figures floating freely in the void. As detailed as some pictures are, others are all the coarser and wilder. It seems as if the paint is simply thrown onto the canvas in a spontaneous act.
The focus is on the expression and effect of the image. Through reduction and a clear brushstroke, the viewer's gaze is directed to the most important thing. Freedom, lightness and clarity in the picture as well as room for interpretation are important components in Judith Reßler's works.